A private tour can be a great way to see some of the most infamous Nazi camps in history, and it’s one that has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Private tours are often run by individuals with strong links to the Nazi Party and their families, or by individuals who have been personally involved in the Holocaust, and many are offered by the families of survivors, including relatives of the SS guards who died during the Holocaust.
Many private tours have also been run by a number of famous personalities.
In fact, the family of the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill offered a private visit to Auschwitz in 2013, after the former leader’s father, Winston Churchill, died in the camp.
In 2014, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose father, Nelson, was a Holocaust survivor, also offered a tour of Auschwitz.
The U.K. Holocaust Memorial Council also runs a number private tours.
In the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which is a part of the U,K.’s Human Rights Act, it states that the use of a Holocaust Memorial is not a form of discrimination.
The private tours offered by those involved in organized Holocaust-related work can be quite expensive.
In 2017, a private boat trip to Auschwitz cost $4,800.
That includes a tour on the ferry from the German town of Welsbach, which transports the Nazis’ prisoners to the camp and the ship, the ship being used for the trip.
The trip was arranged by Holocaust survivor and former Auschwitz guard, Hans von Stolz, who told The Times of Israel that the boat trip was “absolutely necessary.”
“The boat trip is necessary to bring the memory of the Nazi regime back to the public,” he said.
“A boat trip can be an incredible tool to bring awareness of this horrible tragedy.”
The trip also allowed von Stotz to meet with Holocaust survivors, some of whom he said were “totally moved” by the tour.
“It’s such an incredible opportunity for them to meet these people and to get to know them,” he added.
But von Stoltz said he would have loved to have stayed in Auschwitz longer.
“I feel so guilty for that,” he told The Daily Beast.
“We would have had more time to talk with them, but that would have cost too much.”
In addition to the costs associated with a trip to the Auschwitz camp, some Holocaust survivors will be paying a small fortune for private tours of the camps’ most infamous buildings.
The U.B.C. estimates that private tours to the crematoria cost as much as $10,000 per person.
For comparison, a single day’s tour of a former Nazi concentration camp in France costs around $8,000.
Some Holocaust survivors have found that the tours can be too expensive.
“If you are a young Holocaust survivor with no money and you want to see the camp, and you are lucky enough to have a very rich family, and they are willing to pay for the whole trip, it’s an absolutely great option,” said former Auschwitz prisoner, Ernst Sossman.
But it’s not just a luxury for some, including former Auschwitz survivor and Auschwitz survivor Siegfried Spiekermann, who is currently living in Germany.
“The price of the tours is not the price of an education or a job, but the price you pay for seeing the camp for yourself,” Spieksman said.
Spieksmann, who has spent time in Auschwitz, told The Guardian that while it would be possible for someone to make the trip for $4 or $5,000, he would not have wanted to do so.
“For me, the idea of a trip was to be able to see for myself the camp,” he explained.
“That’s what I wanted to see.
And I would have wanted a little bit of money for it.””
To have been here for years, to see things you can’t get out of a film, or to go in and see it for yourself, to get a sense of the horror of it and of the suffering of the victims, that’s the price,” he continued.